“Malta is set to reopen to most U.S. travelers on June 17, following the addition of 38 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico to the country’s ‘amber’ list. ‘Malta looks forward to welcoming back Americans, one of our strongest inbound markets,’ Johann Buttigieg, chief executive officer of the Malta Tourism Authority, said in a statement issued by the country’s superintendent of public health on Wednesday. Like many nations that have begun to open their borders to foreigners, Malta is using a color-coded system that allows visitors from certain countries to enter, with conditions, depending on their color designation. Travelers from countries – or, in this case, states – on the amber list can visit after providing proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel or proof from a healthcare provider that they recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days.”
“The following states, along with Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, are currently on the amber list: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The other 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming – remain under Malta’s ‘red’ designation” The Points Guy reports.
The headline is not clickbaity. Buttigieg really did say the government’s policy is officially discriminating against residents of eleven Red States, plus Nevada. That’s on you if you didn’t read far enough to see that it’s not Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg but Malta Tourism Authority CEO Johann Buttigieg talking about Maltese government policy toward MAGAmericans.